A four-week public consultation gets underway today (Thursday 19 October 2023) on the Smithfield Riverside regeneration project in Shrewsbury town centre.
Led by Shropshire Council and its development manager, RivingtonHark, Smithfield Riverside is the ambitious regeneration project set to transform the area between the River Severn, The Darwin centre, Roushill and Raven Meadows in Shrewsbury town centre.
Earlier this year I secured almost £18.7m of Levelling Up Fund monies from the Government to further support the regeneration of Shrewsbury town centre – kickstarting design work on the Smithfield Riverside masterplan.
The first phase of public consultation on the emerging masterplan will run until Wednesday 15 November 2023, with local businesses and communities invited to view and comment on the plans here: http://smithfieldriverside.com
Public events are also planned in The Darwin on Wednesday 25 October, Thursday 26 October and Saturday 28 October, giving people the opportunity to learn more, meet the team and view a 3D model of the plans.
For those who can’t go online, copies of the consultation materials will also be available at the following Shropshire Council libraries: Bayston Hill, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Gobowen, Library at The Lantern in Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock, Oswestry, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury and Wem.
Following the completion of the public consultation, the first of four ‘zone one’ planning applications is due to be submitted before the end of the year. This application will be for demolition of the Riverside shopping centre and former Riverside medical practice – paving the way for key enabling works and the construction of the park on Roushill.